A great end-of-summer tradition For 40 years

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The Italian Festival has something for everyone. (Photo courtesy of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s John Michael Marino Lodge No.1389)

Summer isn’t over until you’ve enjoyed the food, rides and games at the Italian Festival at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington. Celebrating its 40th year, the festival will be held from Thursday, Sept. 5 – Sunday, Sept. 8.

Festival organizers are pleased to offer one-price rides wristbands every day with exciting rides by Blue Sky Amusements. The food court offers a wide variety of traditional carnival fare and delicious ethnic cuisine. Attendees can visit the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America John Michael Marino Lodge’s Italian pastry & coffee, wine & beer, and pasta fagioli tents.

“It is so wonderful that the John Michael Marino Lodge Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America is celebrating its 40th year of presenting this amazing Italian Festival,” festival chair Daryl Zimbardi said. “Between the rides, games, incredible selection of delicious food and entertainment along the shores of beautiful Hempstead Harbor, we think it’s the best Italian Festival on Long Island!”

The festival is open Thursday and Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 2 to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Ride wristbands are $10 on Thursday, $30 on Friday and Saturday, and $25 on Sunday. A beloved tradition, rides are free on Sunday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. This year, Annabelle the Clown will entertain children from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The fabulous Casino Tent, live entertainment and dozens of vendors with jewelry, crafts and gifts will be featured every night. There will also be a spectacular firework display on Saturday night.

The festival and parking at North Hempstead Beach Park is at the entrance past 175 West Shore Road (GPS directions) in Port Washington. Visit marinolodge.org or facebook.com/italianfestivalmarinolodge1389 for details. Be sure to “Like” the festival’s Facebook page for details and updates about this not-to-be-missed end-of-summer event.

As with all their other events, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s John Michael Marino Lodge No.1389 in Port Washington donates a percentage of proceeds from the Italian Festival to local and regional charities and scholarships. So come and enjoy the festivities and help support charities at the same time.

Submitted by the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s John Michael Marino Lodge No.1389 

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